AAM Reports First Quarter 2021 Financial Results
AAM Starts 2021 With Strong Financial Performance
Published on May 7, 2021
DETROIT, May 7, 2021 -- American Axle & Manufacturing Holdings, Inc. (AAM), (NYSE: AXL) today reported its financial results for the first quarter 2021.
First Quarter 2021 Results
- Sales of $1.43 billion
- Net income attributable to AAM of $38.6 million, or 2.7% of sales
- Adjusted EBITDA of $262.9 million, or 18.4% of sales
- Diluted earnings per share of $0.33; Adjusted earnings per share of $0.57
- Net cash provided by operating activities of $179.1 million; Adjusted free cash flow of $174.1 million
- Prepaid over $100 million of Term Loans during the quarter
“In the first quarter of 2021, AAM delivered solid operating performance and cash flow generation,” said AAM’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, David C. Dauch. “Although the industry is facing continuity of supply issues, we continue to navigate through these challenges while delivering strong results. In addition to driving operational excellence and managing our cost structure, we continue to make strategic investments and establish technical partnerships to support the industry shift towards electrification.”
AAM's sales in the first quarter of 2021 were $1.43 billion as compared to $1.34 billion in the first quarter of 2020. AAM estimates sales for the first quarter of 2021 were unfavorably impacted by the semiconductor chip shortage by approximately $64 million.
AAM's net income in the first quarter of 2021 was $38.6 million, or $0.33 per share, as compared to a net loss of $(501.3) million, or $(4.45) per share in the first quarter of 2020.
AAM defines Adjusted earnings per share to be diluted earnings per share excluding the impact of restructuring and acquisition-related costs, debt refinancing and redemption costs, loss on sale of business, impairment charges, pension settlements, certain accelerated depreciation, and non-recurring items, including the tax effect thereon. Adjusted earnings per share in the first quarter of 2021 were $0.57 compared to $0.20 in the first quarter of 2020.
AAM defines EBITDA to be earnings before interest expense, income taxes, depreciation and amortization. Adjusted EBITDA is defined as EBITDA excluding the impact of restructuring and acquisition-related costs, debt refinancing and redemption costs, loss on sale of business, impairment charges, pension settlements and non-recurring items. In the first quarter of 2021, Adjusted EBITDA was $262.9 million, or 18.4% of sales, as compared to $213.3 million, or 15.9% of sales, in the first quarter of 2020. AAM estimates Adjusted EBITDA in the first quarter of 2021 was unfavorably impacted by lower sales as a result of the semiconductor shortage by approximately $21 million.
AAM's net cash provided by operating activities for the first quarter of 2021 was $179.1 million as compared to $139.4 million for the first quarter of 2020.
AAM defines free cash flow to be net cash provided by operating activities less capital expenditures net of proceeds from the sale of property, plant and equipment. Adjusted free cash flow is defined as free cash flow excluding the impact of cash payments for restructuring and acquisition-related costs, and cash payments related to the Malvern fire net of recoveries. AAM's Adjusted free cash flow for the first quarter of 2021 was $174.1 million as compared to $83.3 million for the first quarter of 2020.
AAM's 2021 Financial Outlook
AAM’s previously stated full year 2021 targets remain unchanged. Based on current production forecasts and customer prioritization of full-size trucks and SUVs, we project that we are currently trending toward the high-end of our ranges.
AAM is targeting sales in the range of $5.3 - $5.5 billion
- AAM is targeting Adjusted EBITDA in the range of $850 - $925 million
- AAM is targeting Adjusted free cash flow in the range $300 - $400 million; this target assumes capital spending of approximately 4.5% of sales
These targets are based on the following industry production assumption for 2021:
North American light vehicle production in the range of 15.0 - 15.5 million units
AAM’s full year 2021 financial targets are based on current customer production and launch schedules and operating environment.
First Quarter 2021 Conference Call Information
A conference call to review AAM's first quarter results is scheduled today at 10:00 a.m. ET. Interested participants may listen to the live conference call by logging onto AAM's investor web site at http://investor.aam.com or calling (877) 883-0383 from the United States or (412) 902-6506 from outside the United States with access code 2878464. A replay will be available one hour after the call is complete until May 14, 2021 by dialing (877) 344-7529 from the United States or (412) 317-0088 from outside the United States. When prompted, callers should enter replay access code 10152565.
Non-GAAP Financial Information
In addition to the results reported in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America (GAAP) included within this press release, AAM has provided certain information, which includes non-GAAP financial measures such as Adjusted EBITDA, Adjusted earnings per share and Adjusted free cash flow. Such information is reconciled to its closest GAAP measure in accordance with Securities and Exchange Commission rules and is included in the attached supplemental data.
Certain of the forward-looking financial measures included in this earnings release are provided on a non-GAAP basis. A reconciliation of non-GAAP forward-looking financial measures to the most directly comparable forward-looking financial measures calculated and presented in accordance with GAAP has been provided. The amounts in these reconciliations are based on our current estimates and actual results may differ materially from these forward-looking estimates for many reasons, including potential event driven transactional and other non-core operating items and their related effects in any future period, the magnitude of which may be significant.
Management believes that these non-GAAP financial measures are useful to management, investors, and banking institutions in their analysis of the Company's business and operating performance. Management also uses this information for operational planning and decision-making purposes.
Non-GAAP financial measures are not and should not be considered a substitute for any GAAP measure. Additionally, non-GAAP financial measures as presented by AAM may not be comparable to similarly titled measures reported by other companies.
AAM (NYSE: AXL) delivers POWER that moves the world. As a leading global tier 1 automotive supplier, AAM designs, engineers and manufactures driveline and metal forming technologies that are making the next generation of vehicles smarter, lighter, safer and more efficient. Headquartered in Detroit, AAM has approximately 20,000 associates operating at nearly 80 facilities in 17 countries to support our customers on global and regional platforms with a focus on quality, operational excellence and technology leadership. To learn more, visit aam.com.
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(Stellantis), Ford Motor Company (Ford) or other customers; our ability to respond to changes in technology, increased competition or pricing pressures; our ability to develop and produce new products that reflect market demand; lower-than-anticipated market acceptance of new or existing products; our ability to attract new customers and programs for new products; reduced demand for our customers' products (particularly light trucks and sport utility vehicles (SUVs) produced by GM, Stellantis and Ford); risks inherent in our global operations (including tariffs and the potential consequences thereof to us, our suppliers, and our customers and their suppliers, adverse changes in trade agreements, such as the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), immigration policies, political stability, taxes and other law changes, potential disruptions of production and supply, and currency rate fluctuations); a significant disruption in operations at one or more of our key manufacturing facilities; negative or unexpected tax consequences; risks related to a failure of our information technology systems and networks, and risks associated with current and emerging technology threats and damage from computer viruses, unauthorized access, cyber attacks and other similar disruptions; supply shortages, such as the semiconductor shortage that the automotive industry is currently experiencing, or price increases in raw material and/or freight, utilities or other operating supplies for us or our customers as a result of pandemics, natural disasters or otherwise; availability of financing for working capital, capital expenditures, research and development (R&D) or other general corporate purposes including acquisitions, as well as our ability to comply with financial covenants; our customers' and suppliers' availability of financing for working capital, capital expenditures, R&D or other general corporate purposes; an impairment of our goodwill, other intangible assets, or long-lived assets if our business or market conditions indicate that the carrying values of those assets exceed their fair values; liabilities arising from warranty claims, product recall or field actions, product liability and legal proceedings to which we are or may become a party, or the impact of product recall or field actions on our customers; our ability or our customers' and suppliers' ability to successfully launch new product programs on a timely basis; our ability to maintain satisfactory labor relations and avoid work stoppages; our suppliers', our customers' and their suppliers' ability to maintain satisfactory labor relations and avoid work stoppages; our ability to achieve the level of cost reductions required to sustain global cost competitiveness; our ability to realize the expected revenues from our new and incremental business backlog; price volatility in, or reduced availability of, fuel; our ability to protect our intellectual property and successfully defend against assertions made against us; risks of noncompliance with environmental laws and regulations or risks of environmental issues that could result in unforeseen costs at our facilities or reputational damage; adverse changes in laws, government regulations or market conditions affecting our products or our customers' products; our ability or our customers' and suppliers' ability to comply with regulatory requirements and the potential costs of such compliance; changes in liabilities arising from pension and other postretirement benefit obligations; our ability to attract and retain key associates; and other unanticipated events and conditions that may hinder our ability to compete. 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